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December 24, 2020

Death of man found at Camden County scouting site being investigated as homicide

Joseph Bottino, 54, was stabbed multiple times and suffered blunt force trauma, according to a medical examiner report

Investigations Homicide
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Joseph Bottino, 54, was found dead at the Pine Hill Scout Reservation, on the 1000 block of Watsontown-New Freedom Road, on Dec. 23, 2020. Camden County investigators say Bottino, of Gloucester Township, died of multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma.

A 54-year-old Gloucester Township man who left home Wednesday and never returned was later found dead at the Pine Hill Scout Reservation, prompting authorities to open up a homicide investigation, prosecutors said.

Police responded to the 1000 block of Watsontown-New Freedom Road around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 for a report of a deceased man, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday afternoon.

At the scene, detectives found Joseph Bottino dead with multiple visible injuries.

A medical examiner performed an autopsy on Thursday and determined Bottino died of multiple stab wounds, as well as blunt force trauma.

Bottino's family members told police he had been in the area, a place where had hunted many times in the past.

No additional information about Bottino's death was immediately available Thursday.

Anyone with information on the case can call Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Jeremy Jankowski at (856) 397-3485 or Pine Hill Police Sgt. John Field at (856) 783-1589. Tips can also be emailed to